Official Acts to Thwart Illegal Mining

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Official Acts to Thwart Illegal Mining


PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur -- In an effort to improve growth and to ensure environmental protection through responsible and sustainable mining industry in this timber and mining land-locked province of Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga Region), Agusan del Sur Gov. Ma. Valentina Plaza created the "Provincial Technical Working Group on Economic Mining Zone Development Process."

The governor issued Executive Order No. 03-09 for the purpose of considering a significant protection and conservation of the environment.

It was learned that the objective of the Executive Order is to have an immediate proper management and regulation to address the adverse effect of environment, to promote peace and order, to provide suitable livelihood alternatives and to deliver appropriate basic services to the communities.

"It is necessary to create an Economic Mining Development Technical Working Group to strategize and facilitate the right process on mining development program in the province," the Executive Order stated.

The group will also be tasked to "facilitate and undertake the process of identifying, delineating and developing potential mining areas and mineral processing zone to improve economic growth," the order also stated.

Members of the said group are the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board, Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-PENRO), Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau, National Cultural and Indigenous People, DENR-community environment offices, religious sector and other concerned government and private entities. …

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